The duduk is a double-reed wind instrument that originated in Armenia and has since spread throughout the Caucuses and Middle East. It is sometimes called the “Armenian oboe,” though its sound and play-style are unique. Duduks are at least 1,500 years old and may be much older, though it has undergone many changes through its long life. The modern instrument is traditionally made from the wood of apricot trees and produces a smooth, deep sound.
The duduk is best known for its haunting melodies, but it also plays more lively tunes for special occasions such as weddings. They are usually played in pairs, with one musician accompanying the melody with a droning background.
This video, courtesy of UNESCO, shares the history, construction, and musical range of the duduk with the assistance of talented craftsmen and musicians. It also discusses efforts to preserve the instrument and pass on the tradition to new generations of children in Armenia and across the world.
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